Steve is a commercial lawyer who helps clients with a whole raft of issues from refinancing and buying and selling businesses, through to developing shareholder and joint venture agreements. Steve also has strong insolvency expertise having worked in the Official Assignee's Office and as a liquidator and receiver in a specialist accounting firm. He also acts as first port-of-call for many clients looking for advice in other legal areas, directing them to the right people within the firm, making sure that the matter is properly looked after so that his clients get the outcome that they are looking for.
Steve's clients tell him that he has a clear understanding of what they need to do in the corporate/commercial space. They also tell him that he is easygoing and that his even temper is helpful in negotiation situations.
BCom (Economics), University of Auckland 1998
LLB, University of Auckland 1998
When Steve left law school he did insolvency work for the Official Assignee's Office for two years before working as a liquidator and receiver for a specialist accounting firm for a further two years. Steve then moved into the legal field as an insolvency lawyer at Lowndes Associates, a boutique Shortland Street law firm, where he also developed corporate and commercial experience. Steve joined McVeagh Fleming in 2004 and has been involved in a wide variety of work, from corporate and commercial through to property law. Having worked both as a solicitor, and as a client of law firms, Steve knows that legal work can be expensive so he is constantly looking for ways to work more effectively.
Music is Steve's passion, in particular sixties psychedelic rock (Hendrix, Joplin, Airplane, the Doors) and late 90s alt-rock (as played by Channel Z). Steve also enjoys all sport - he is a self-confessed cricket tragic and still regularly plays touch rugby and indoor netball. His economics background means he has retained a keen interest in economic policy - good for animated discussions with friends and colleagues (preferably over a number of independent NZ beers).